Entries by Jamie Leeming

Buy A Candle To Help The Homeless – For Only £2,021!

Love money and hate the rising rate of homelessness in the UK? This candle gives you the chance to smell one and combat the other in one fell swoop, reports the Metro. The ‘Smells Like Capitalism’ candle by Flaming Crap gives off an aroma of a leather wallet with notes of British pounds kept specifically […]

Is This The End For Communal Night Shelters?

Many councils, charities and faith groups are starting to think about their local emergency winter provision and for some the prospect of communal sleeping spaces will once again be under consideration, writes Julie Cook for Homeless Link. There are a number of factors which could influence decisions, including the further relaxation of covid restrictions, vaccination […]

Homelessness Is On The Rise Again

Homelessness in the UK is rising after a sharp drop during the first wave of the pandemic but is still lower than pre-lockdown levels, Government figures show. According to a report in the Evening Standard, the amount of households assessed to be homeless or at risk of homelessness between January and March this year was […]

Homeless Link Launch Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 prompted a mass, global outpouring of anger that people from Black and other minority backgrounds were still experiencing racism on a regular basis. It also prompted organisations that claimed to be ‘anti-racist’ and pro-equalities to take a long, hard look at themselves and wonder if they were doing enough. […]

New Government Legislation Threatens Rough Sleepers

Leading homelessness charities have made an unprecedented joint plea to UK ministers to reconsider the police and crime bill, warning it could in effect criminalise large numbers of people simply for being homeless, reports The Guardian. In a letter to Robert Jenrick, the housing and communities secretary, seen by the Guardian, 13 charities and housing […]

New Government Drugs Initiative Could Help Homeless Drug Users

A new drugs unit will be set up to help end illegal drug-related illness and deaths, the government has announced. The Joint Combating Drugs Unit will bring together multiple government departments – including the Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Department […]

Helping The Homeless Cope With The Heat

There’s lots of information about how members of the public can take positive action when they see someone sleeping rough in cold weather. But periods of hot weather can also be harmful for people sleeping rough. Director of StreetLink Fiona Colley discusses what people can do if they are concerned about someone sleeping rough during the summer […]

Merseyside Households Facing Eviction

Thousands of Merseyside families were made homeless or threatened with eviction since the start of the pandemic, reports the Liverpool Echo. The latest available figures show that between April and December last year a total of 2,201 households asked their council for help after being made homeless, or as they were on the brink of […]

‘Desperate Need’ For More Social Housing

A rising number of homeless people are being placed into bed and breakfast accommodation, the Local Government Association said. Councils in England are spending five times more on housing homeless people in B&Bs than they were a decade ago, analysis of official figures shows, reports the Evening Standard. A rising number of homeless people are […]